In Katzanzakis’ Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus struggles with the Father’s call on his life. So, to keep God from bothering him, Jesus uses his carpentry skills and becomes a cross builder for the Romans. Surely that will tell God he ain’t worth the trouble. But God will not let him go.
And God has not let me go, though I’ve thought that I was becoming the “cross builder.” Still, I cannot understand why God will have anything to do with me. But it’s not about me. It’s about God.
From a hymn text by Brian Wren:
When generation, class, or raceThat steadfast personal love, from an infinitely loving God, who knows me fully (scary thought) and loves me completely, and accepts me thoroughly.
divide us to our shame,
[Christ] sees not labels but a face,
a person, and a name.
Thus freely loved,
though fully known,
may I in Christ be free
to welcome and accept his own,
as Christ accepted me.
My thanks to my electronic brethren for helping me through another day!